Millworker displaced by technological change not entitled to severance

Disability leave rendered worker unfit for other jobs
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/11/2016

Millworkers Manjit Nijjer and George McEwen both lost their jobs because of a technological change at Canadian Forest Products, but at the time were on disability leave, which complicated the terms of their severance pay entitlement.

Both worked as planer graders at the company’s Prince George, B.C., operation but at the time their positions were eliminated, they were also on medical leave and in receipt of long-term disability payments.

While Nijjer was still receiving the benefit, McEwen came off his benefit as a result of his being retrained and taking employment with another employer. He was not able to perform any other jobs with Canadian Forest Products as a result of his medical circumstances.